Nigerian Navy Apprehends Eight Suspects And Intercepts 501 Drums of Illegal Diesel In Akwa Ibom State
The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base (FOB) Ibaka in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, has stated that it has nabbed eight suspects and seized 501 drums of illegal Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) worth about N35 million in Akwa Ibom state,
The Acting Commanding Officer identified as Captain Reginald Adoki, while parading the eight suspects in Mbo Local Government Area (LGA) last Monday, made it clear that the product in the boat contained illegal AGO.
Captain Adoki also stated that the suspected illegal bunkerers were caught based on intelligence report in the early hours of Friday, April 5.
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Captain Reginald Adoki statement read:
“The boat is suspected to be carrying illegally refined AGO (diesel). The 501 drums which gives you about 150,000 litres of AGO with estimated market value of about N25 to N35 million,” he said.
He explained that the Nigerian Navy intercepted the suspects converging the boat load of AGO brought in from Oyorokoto in Rivers, along the Calabar channel leading to Oron River with three Yamaha outboard engines.
“We had strong evidence that there was a case of converging illegally refined AGO, which have definitely been from broken pipes by way of crude oil theft because you need crude oil to refine and be able to get the illegal AGO,”
Captain Adoki further described the act as economic sabotage.
While receiving the suspects into his custody, Mr Abdukarim Chukkoh identified as the Zonal Head of Economic and Finance Crimes Commission, Uyo, commended the efforts of the Nigerian Navy for the noble job they had just completed
“We really assure you that we will do our best to ensure that for every crime of this nature, the suspects are brought to book and we will also give you feedback,”